The Bouquet Breakdown: Your Valentine’s Day Flower Guide

Come Valentine’s Day, choosing a bouquet shouldn’t be as hard as choosing your significant other was (and trust me, I know that’s hard). So, to help you sort out your options, consider this floral guide your bouquet cupid.

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The Unexpected Pick: Stargazer Lily
Contrary to popular belief, not everyone wants a dozen red roses for Valentine’s Day. Speckled deep pink and sweetly scented, the stargazer lily is the perfect substitute – one that’s sure to be admired in your loved one’s office. (Trust me – I had this bunch on my desk for an hour before it went down to our photo studio, and it made me one popular writer.)

The Comeback Kid: Carnation
Carnations have gotten a bad rap, but I’m not buying it. In fact, much like Carrie Bradshaw, I’m a big believer that the once-regal flower is making a comeback. And if my word isn’t enough, just look to famous fans Oscar de la Renta, Manolo Blahnik, and Martha Stewart (who’s praised their longevity). Convinced yet?

The Unsung Hero: Greens
No Valentine’s Day bouquet is complete without a little greenery. For bold flowers like roses and tulips, choose hearty greens (like eucalyptus). And when you want a really romantic look, you can never go wrong with a little ivy.

The Classic Blossom: Red Rose
An unmistakable symbol of love, the red rose has pretty much become the unofficial flower of Valentine’s Day. But it’s important to remember the color: while red says love, yellow and white do not. To make sure you get it right (and don’t end up in the doghouse), check out this color guide.

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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January 30, 2013